HomePod Mini is Apple’s smaller, smarter, $99 smart speaker


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After months of rumors and speculation, Apple on Tuesday announced a new, smaller smart speaker called the HomePod Mini at its iPhone-centered event. 

Apple’s HomePod debuted in 2018 with a $349 price tag, great sound and the risk of putting white rings on your tabletop. Since then, despite some handy iterations on the HomePod’s features via periodic software updates, Apple hasn’t made much progress in the smart home, even as Amazon and Google continue to expand their audiences for Alexa and Google Assistant products across the board. That changed today with the reveal of a smaller, smarter speaker. 


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How big is the HomePod Mini?

The HomePod Mini is significantly smaller than its predecessor. Wrapped in a mesh fabric, it measures 3.3 inches tall and 3.9 inches wide (84 by 98 mm) and weighs 0.76 pounds (345 grams). By comparison, Amazon’s new, similarly spherical fourth-gen Echo Dot is 3.5 inches tall, and Google’s puck-shaped Nest Mini is 1.65 inches tall.

Like the original HomePod, the Mini features a backlit touch surface for volume and Siri controls. It will be available in white and space gray, priced at $99 (£99, AU$149). That’s the same price as the newest (also spherical) Amazon Echo and Google’s brand new Nest Audio, both of which are larger than the HomePod Mini. 

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